Zack Porter

AKA - "Achilles"

  • From Chillicothe, Ohio.
  • Job: Meat Packer
  • Experience: AT '16, PCT '18.


Age: 26
Previous Thru-hikes: AT ’16, PCT ’18.

What are some of my hobbies?
Hiking for long periods of time, fishing, spartan races, not answering any messages, and traveling.

So why are you doing the great western loop?
I love the distance hiking and think I’d crush it given the chance.

What do you think will get you to the end?
I’ve learned to have a positive mental outlook, despite tough circumstances. 

What do you want to be remembered for?
Well, that’s a hard question. I like “What do you want to be when you grow up” better . . . I hike to forget about these questions.

How would your parents describe you?
Probably a lot of hair, super nice, always far from home, and they would tell you that I’m a bit of a weirdo. lol

What’s your luxury item?
Extra food and a power bank.

Who is the person you look up to the most and why?
My dad. He taught me I can do whatever I want in this world, but to just do it to the best of my ability.

Three words to describe yourself?
Calm, friendly, and free.

Describe your perfect day on trail?
They all seem so good. Um, as long as I got food in my pack and I’m in a new place every day, I’m happy. 

What would be the reason for you NOT to finish?
Airborne fish allergy.